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Police Officer Pleads No Contest to DUI Charges in Orange County Auto Accident

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A Los Angeles County deputy sheriff has pleaded no contest to two misdemeanor drunk driving charges for injuring two people in a Stanton auto accident The Orange County Register reports in this article. Robert Andrew Moran, 42, of Buena Park will be sentenced later this year for driving under the influence causing injury and driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent or more.

Moran apparently crashed while driving a sport utility vehicle issued by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. On June 29, 2008 he was driving southbound on Beach Boulevard at Garden Grove Boulevard in Stanton when he crashed his Chevrolet SUV into the driver’s side door of a Mazda sedan. The driver and passenger of the Mazda sustained moderate injuries. Tests showed that Moran had a blood alcohol level above the legal limit of 0.08 percent.

California Vehicle Code section 23152 (a) states: “It is unlawful for any person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or drug, or under the combined influence of any alcoholic beverage and drug, to drive a vehicle.” The same section also states that “it is unlawful for any person who has 0.08 percent or more, by weight, of alcohol in his or her blood to drive a vehicle.”

In this case, the evidence was overwhelmingly against Moran. The injured auto accident victims in this case would be entitled to compensation to cover medical expenses, loss of wages, property damage and any other losses or damages they suffered as a result of this auto accident. The newspaper article does not mention whether Moran was on-the-job at the time of the accident. However, he was driving his department-issued SUV. If he was on the job for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department at the time he caused this crash, Moran and the sheriff’s department could be held liable for the accident, injuries and loss.

If the victims haven’t done so already, they would be well-advised to contact an experienced Stanton personal injury attorney, who can help them file a claim and guide them through the legal process.

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